Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport
Honourable Melanie Mark
Elected in 2016, HLI HAYKWHL ẂII XSGAAK Melanie Mark is the first First Nations woman member of the legislative assembly (MLA) in British Columbia's history, representing the riding of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant.
Melanie is Nisga'a, Gitxsan, Cree and Ojibway. She was born and raised in East Vancouver and has deep roots in northern B.C. and Manitoba.
Melanie is the Minister of Tourism, Art, Culture and Sport and was previously the Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. She is the only First Nations woman to serve in B.C.’s cabinet.
Since her appointment to cabinet in 2017, Melanie has brought her relentless, resourceful and result-oriented work ethic to improve the lives of British Columbians. Her key accomplishments include:
- Creating the first provincial tuition waiver program for youth from the foster-care system and removing all fees for adults accessing Adult Basic Education.
- Launching the world's first Indigenous law program at the University of Victoria in 2018 (which is article 50 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada).
- Championing government to invest $450 million to build 5,000 new affordable student homes.
- Creating the first up-front access grant in more than two decades that supports more than 40,000 low-income students to make it across the finish line.
In her current role, Melanie has been laser focused on advocating for B.C.’s tourism, arts, culture and sport sectors that have been hit hard by the pandemic. She has been working with the industry every step of the way to ensure it can come back stronger than ever.
She’s a staunch advocate for the ongoing success of Indigenous tourism, one of the fastest-growing segments of B.C.’s tourism industry.
Melanie holds a criminology diploma from Douglas College/Native Education College, a bachelor of arts in political science from Simon Fraser University and an advanced executive certificate from Queen's School of Business.
Melanie’s commitment to lifting people up is inspired by her two daughters, Maya and Makayla. She strongly believes in the power of reconciliation to make generational change. She believes that change is within reach when we paddle together.